New blog post by Sam Kniknie: Why the recent violence in Goma is not simply an ethnic conflict

(04-05-2021)

Since April 8, young people have been taking to the streets in various eastern Congolese cities to demand the departure of the UN peacekeeping mission MONUSCO. That is not the first time. The mission faces severe legitimacy challenges in their relation to the local population and in recent years, frustrated youngsters have been targeting MONUSCO several times. But this time, things got seriously out of hand. The protests against the presence of the blue helmets transformed into political violence in the northern parts of the city of Goma. Two communities – Nande and Kumu – are violently confronting each other. Many consider this an ethnic conflict, but is it that simple?

Read the full blog post here.